Giedinghagen to join FRC mates in AMC at HLGU

Will Johnson

More often than not, a high school cross country generally does not get to see teammates when they go off to college.

For Owensville High School Class of 2018 graduate Jacob Giedinghagen, he will see at least two former Dutchmen harriers while running this fall for the Hannibal-LaGrange University (HLGU).

Competing in the American Midwest Conference (AMC), Giedinghagen will have a chance to compete against former OHS harriers Carter Brocato and Blaine McKinney.

Brocato will be a sophomore this fall at Columbia College while McKinney will compete in his fourth-and-final year of eligibility at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn.

Those three will likely run against each other at the AMC Cross Country Championships in early November.

During his senior year in Owensville orange and black, Giedinghagen ended both his cross country and track campaigns at their respective state meets.

Finishing a season-high second place at the Hermann Cross Country Invitational in a personal record (PR) time of 17.28.2, Jacob followed that two weeks later in the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) Cross Country meet with a fourth-place time of 18:11.8 earning him his fourth All-FRC medal in as many years for finishing individually in the top 10. He was also a key factor in Owensville’s four FRC team championships throughout his high school career.

Placing sixth in his final Class 3, District 2 meet at the Osage County Fairgrounds in Linn, Giedinghagen earned one more shot at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City and the 2018 MSHSAA Cross Country Championships.

Placing 77th in 18:01.9, Jacob ended his cross country career as a two-time state qualifier which included an appearance as a team in 2017 where the Dutchmen placed seventh.

Moving to the spring and track season, Giedinghagen’s distance abilities proved beneficial in helping Dutchmen Track and Field to their fifth straight FRC championship on New Haven’s recently dedicated track and field facility.

Giedinghagen teamed up with fellow seniors  Michael Lahmeyer, Dane Thompson and Brannon Brocato to capture a FRC title in the 4x800-meter relay with a winning time of 8:31.99.

Nearly two weeks later in the MSHSAA Class 3, District 5 Track meet at St. James High School, the same foursome claimed a district championship in the event with a winning time of 8:33.57.

A week later in one of four MSHSAA Class 3 Sectional meets at Carthage High School, the senior quartet earned the chance to end their respective OHS track and field careers at the 2018 MSHSAA Track and Field Championships in Jefferson City with their third-place time of 8:38.25 at sectionals.

Dropping nearly eight seconds off of their FRC Championship winning time, they finished 11th in the state posting a time of 8:24.11.

As a junior on the track, Giedinghagen teamed up with Brannon Brocato, Graham Dunlap and Lahmeyer to earn All-District honors in the 4x800m relay with a third-place time of 8:45.41.

Placing seventh in sectionals, their junior season ended one race shy of the state meet.

During his sophomore season, Jacob earned a pair All-FRC nods during the FRC Track Meet competing as a junior varsity runner.

He posted second-place times of 2:17.76 in the 800-meter run and 5:00.19 in the 1600-meter run.

Back to the hills and valleys of cross country, Giedinghagen just missed All-FRC honors finishing 11th in 19:16.14.

Days later in districts, Jacob placed ninth in 18:24.9 to qualify individually for state and as member of the Dutchmen district runners-up.

At Oak Hills Golf Center, Giedinghagen posted a 97th-place time of 18:03.4 helping the Dutchmen harriers place seventh out of 16 scoring teams.

In his sophomore season of cross country, Jacob posted second-place finishes at Hancock and Hermann to go along with third-place finishes at Linn, Owensville and Fatima. He also took fourth place at the FRC meet earning All-FRC honors.

Running junior varsity as a freshman, Jacob’s best finish came in the FRC meet with a third-place time of 20:01.0.

“No matter what you asked him to do in track or cross country, Jacob gave it all he had in every race that he competed in,” OHS head track and cross country coach Matt Candrl said.